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Is something afoot?

Is something afoot?

Saturday, Jan 20, 2007

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A trip out of the house in the early afternoon to collect a few things, we returned to discover that some idiot had parked their car sideways across both our driveway and the neighbour’s — and that the neighbour’s landlord’s car was parked in front of that…. Tooting on the horn brought nobody out of the house so we parked in the street and went inside. Five minutes later as I’m in the back garden the old Greek landlord comes out into their backyard showing two young Greek guys around — he’s waxing lyrical about how it isn’t a wide block but it is a long block of land….
Poath road memories

Poath road memories

Saturday, Sep 16, 2006

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Poath road gentrification Late afternoon found me sitting in the sun at the corner of Poath road and Rosella streets in Murrumbeena, just up the road from where I first lived in Melbourne ten years ago. I should have bought a house here then, or even a flat, its become all trendy and gentrified now. Two cafés with tables out on the footpath, the old video-game parlour closed and mysterious purple curtains over the windows.
Good fences make….

Good fences make….

Friday, Sep 15, 2006

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According to the proverb; good fences make good neighbours, apparently. Seems we don’t have good neighbours though! Latest on the development front; as Jo was walking out the door she saw that the builders are taking down the fence between our block and theirs! First we have heard of it was when the builder came over and asked whether or not we had a dog! No idea what the answer would have been if she said yes, since they had already removed all the poles and were starting on the sections of the fence palings.
Developers, developers, developers….

Developers, developers, developers….

Saturday, Sep 9, 2006

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No, not the famous ranting video clip of Microsoft’s Steve Balmer. Saturday morning disturbed by chainsaws again. The one big eucalypt tree that we can see from our back window, the one big tree for a couple of streets around, the one big tree that always has magpies warbling and lorikeets shrieking from the branches — well the tree’s gone now, cut down and pulped up. The old house and garden will go soon, to be replaced by yet another pair of big-as-you-can-build two-storey brick boxes, the rest of the block covered in concrete car-parking, white pebbles and tidy-little evergreen shrubs in pots.
Developments at Number 10

Developments at Number 10

Monday, Aug 7, 2006

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An interesting conversation with the local council’s planning office today; I decided to call them up and query our neighbour’s actions on Saturday of cutting down the tree that was expressly retained on their planning permit. Half way through explaining the permit’s application, objection, and granting history the women interrupted with “… and let me guess, they’ve cut down the tree.” . When I replied yes, it was met with “Why does that not surprise me in the least — oh, I shouldn’t say things like that, um hang on, I’ll put you onto the planner officer responsible for that case.
Developments at Number 10

Developments at Number 10

Saturday, Aug 5, 2006

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Tree to be retained — they lied The planning permit went up; bulldoze the single-storey house and build two, two-storey houses on the block. We objected. We were over-ruled and the plan accepted, the plan that included “retaining established shade tree” . The bulldozer came and the old house departed — but the tree remained! The tree was carefully protected by plastic “do not bulldoze me” tape, protected from the bulldozer driver, but not from the owner!
We used to have a neighbour

We used to have a neighbour

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2006

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Three in the afternoon and the SMS comes in: “Large orange bulldoser (sic.) has just arrived on the back of truck!” Two and a half hours of crashing and grinding noises and now there is no house. Demolition of number 10 Mill road; the backhoe wreaks havoc No chance now of rescuing even a cutting from their enormous Blue Moon rose — now buried underneath several tonnes of bricks and rubble.
Demolition and Development

Demolition and Development

Friday, Jun 2, 2006

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Start of demolition of number 10 Mill road The house next door is finally going, the inexorable pressure of the developers. Executive summary is to bulldoze the old house and build two, two-storey town houses on the block. Flatten the garden and cover what’s left with concrete car-parking. Our objections to council of a two-storey townhouse looking straight down into our garden overruled, not even acknowledged in the planning approval that we received once the ruling was made.

About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

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